Seminar focuses on importance of football safety

Concussion safety, heat, hydration issues a focus

By Chris Parenteau - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Football season is approaching, not just at the college and professional level, but at the high school and pop warner level as well.  On Saturday, coaches were able to get some training in many areas to keep their players safe. 

The event took place at the Police Athletic League on Monument Road in Arlington.

Many topics were covered at the clinic including concussion safety, heat and hydration issues, and properly fitting equipment. The coaches say being able to tell this information to parents and their players is a huge benefit.

"It's an issue for safety and gives parents a lot more comfortability. Maybe if they're on the fence about whether or not to let the kids play tackle football, this shows them that we are taking steps to ensure their kids are safe," said Jeff Moore with the Orange Park Athletic Association.

USA Football put on the event for coaches of all different levels of football. The main topic discussed was concussion safety.  Concussions can have many long-term affects if not treated properly.

"To be a better coach and do what's right for the kids long term," said Moore.

"You want to teach them safe football, so they don't go out and get injured and have a carryover into high school or for other areas of their life," said Earl Wilson, a pee wee football coach.

If you would like to learn more about player safety and making sure your child's equipment fits properly, you can visit USA Football's website.

Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.